A friend recently contacted me with a desperate plea to crochet her son a replacement blanket. His had been so well-loved that it was literally tied in a knot just to hold it together so that he could continue to snuggle and smell his blanket.
We figured that if he could choose the colors, the transition from old to new would go more smoothly for him. I also hoped to find a pattern that would be similar to the first.
He chose his colors, and I chose some potential patterns. As it turned out, it was all very different from his original, but we still had high hopes that he would be pleased. We also knew that, as it had happened with an older sibling, the acceptance of a replacement would be a long process.
The final product with his choices of red, orange, and blue I Love This Yarn:
"[His] blanket is awesome!! Apparently he
didn't need any time to get used to it either, he has been carrying it
around and was excited to take it to bed with him. He also wants me to
watch it when he isn't able to because he doesn't want anything to
happen to it or for [little brother] to drool on it. "
Haha!!! Music to a crafter's ears.